Djokovic Now the Favourite for U.S. Open Glory

Martin Green

Monday, July 16, 2018 6:07 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 16, 2018 6:07 PM UTC

Novak Djokovic seized glory at Wimbledon and bookmakers have installed him as the new favourite to win the U.S. Open.

<p>A resurgent Novak Djokovic has been installed as the new favourite to win the U.S. Open tennis tournament after emerging victorious Sunday at Wimbledon. The former world number one had endured a two-year Grand Slam drought but he brought it to a close in spectacular fashion in London. The Serb prevailed in an epic semi-final clash with Rafa Nadal and then swatted aside Kevin Anderson in an extremely one-sided final. Now he is the favourite to go on and secure further glory at Flushing Meadows in New York. The U.S. Open is Aug. 27-Sept 9.</p><p>Djokovic said he thought he would never win another Grand Slam after his trophy drought, but now he will head into the final major tournament of the year full of confidence. He was not 100% fit throughout Wimbledon, but he displayed the mental fortitude, tenacity and defensive resilience of old to power past his rivals. That took him to 13 Grand Slam titles overall, making him the fourth most successful male player of all time. Two of his Grand Slam victories were in the U.S. Open, and he has also won the Australian Open six times, showing how comfortable he is on the hard courts.</p><p>Before Wimbledon, Roger Federer was the clear favourite to win the U.S. Open. But the Swiss slumped to a shock defeat at the hands of Anderson, suggesting that the years may finally be catching up with the great player. Federer is now 36, and most people have already retired from the game by that age. Careful body management has allowed him to enjoy a late career renaissance, but punters may be more wary of backing him for success now. If you think he can bounce back from that disappointment, you can get 7/2 on him winning the U.S. Open with <a href=";a=e605009c-af6d-4596-a06f-dbd28d37b12f" rel="nofollow">Bet365</a>. But it is worth noting that he has not won this tournament since 2007.</p><p>Djokovic is the 11/4 favourite with Bet365 and various others and that is appealing to many punters. Nadal is superb on clay, but the Serb should have the better of him on hard court. Andy Murray is not back to fitness, while Stan Wawrinka looks like a fading force, and the youngsters coming through have failed to make an impact at major tournaments. The likes of Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios continue to flatter to deceive, so an experienced player is likely to win it. There is some love for Juan Martin Del Potro at 12/1, as he has won this tournament before, but Djokovic is the most popular option at the moment.</p><p>The women’s game is thrillingly unpredictable at the moment, and all of the top 10 seeds crashed out before the quarter-final stage at Wimbledon. Long shots are appealing in the women’s U.S. Open betting, particularly if you go each way. Daria Kasatkina and Naomi Osaka are popular early-bird selections at 40/1 and 25/1, respectively. Backing underdogs in the match betting when the tournament gets underway also looks like a sensible tactic.</p><p>But this could be the tournament that sees Serena Williams return to the summit of the game. She returned to action this summer after almost dying during childbirth in 2017, and she has vastly exceeded expectations. She had to pull out of her French Open last-16 clash with Maria Sharapova with injury, but she made it all the way to the final at Wimbledon. She lost to Angelique Kerber in straight sets, but by the time the U.S. Open comes around she will have another couple of months of match practice under her belt. She has the power and experience to dominate the U.S. Open again, and she looks an intriguing futures bet at 7/2 with Bet365 and various others</p>
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